South Korea is a brilliant place to go on holiday. I visited to stay with a friend who was teaching English out there, and had a wonderful time.
It’s a modern, dynamic country, but cheaper than, say, Japan. The capital, Seoul, offers a 24-hour party lifestyle, if that’s your thing. Try soju, the Korean beverage that’s a bit like vodka, or sample exciting food such as kimchi. As it gets dark, go for a walk along the Cheonggyecheon Stream, a man-made stream that flows through Seoul and is lit by gorgeous multicoloured lights. Fountains and lovely plants can be found along the stream.
If you want to be a bit more cultured, you can visit museums and temples such as the National Museum and National Folk Museum of Korea. Changdeokgung Palace is one of the most significant cultural sites in the country, originally built during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). The many gates and buildings of this palace are magnificent to behold. The garden is also beautiful and well worth a visit.
If you want more adventure, and are interested in 20th century history, a trip to the DMZ (de-militarised zone) is a must. Several companies offer this trip: you get to visit the country’s border with North Korea, and learn about the Korean War and events leading up to it. Because of the lack of humans within the zone, it is now home to rare animals and birds who have made the most of this safe (for them) space.
The Korea House cultural centre showcases traditional Korean culture and arts, such as theatre, food,crafts and tea.
If you wish to go further afield, seaside town Busan is well worth a visit. it has a lively atmosphere, and on the way back to Seoul you get to take the Seoul Train!
Visit VisitKorea to find out more about experiencing this wonderful country.